Melissa Bersanelli

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The anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangement identifies a distinct molecular subset in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) populations susceptible to targeted inhibition. It consists of a small inversion in the short arm of chromosome 2 between exon 20 of the ALK gene and different exons of the echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like (EML4)(More)
Renal failure in cancer patients is not a rare clinical condition and often contraindicates anticancer drug treatment; moreover, chemotherapeutic drugs are frequently identified as possible iatrogenic cause of renal failure. Molecular therapies, when appropriate, could represent a therapeutic option for cancer patients with severe renal disease, but the(More)
The prognosis of patients affected by metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) has improved markedly with targeted therapies. Unfortunately, 20-25% of the patients are refractory to treatment at the first response assessment and most patients will acquire drug resistance during the treatment. Moreover, current data on the clinical activity of targeted agents(More)
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare and aggressive tumor with generally disappointing results in terms of survival, however, there are occasional long-term survivors probably due to the biologic characteristics of the disease. Standard uptake value (SUV) of [(18)F] Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) evaluated by photon emission tomography (PET) is now(More)
The activation of lymphocytes by gefitinib treatment has been described. In this phase II pilot trial, we explored the possible synergism between IL-2 and gefitinib for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment. From September, 2003, to November, 2006, 70 consecutive patients with advanced, progressive NSCLC, previously treated with chemotherapy,(More)
We aimed to assess the prognostic role of pretreatment neutrophilia, lymphocytopenia, and neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in patients treated with vascular endothelial growth factor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (VEGFR-TKIs) for late relapsing (>5 years) metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). Data were collected from 13 Italian centers involved in the(More)
Prognosis assessment of node-positive colorectal cancer patients by Astler-Coller (AC) and TNM classifications is suboptimal. Recently, several versions of lymph node ratio (LNR; ratio metastatic/examined nodes) have been proposed but are still mostly unused. The prognostic value of several criteria, including LNR (two classes—LNR1 and LNR2—identified by a(More)
The female genital tract is an infrequent site of metastasis, in particular from extragenital primary tumors such as non-small cell lung cancer. Ovarian metastases have been described as disseminations of lung adenocarcinoma; rare cases of secondary localizations in adnexa, cervix and vagina were also observed in the literature, but none of these had(More)